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One of many quilts on display at View in Old Forge through December 2nd.  Photo: View
One of many quilts on display at View in Old Forge through December 2nd. Photo: View

Quilters honored at annual show in Old Forge

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Quilts of all sizes and designs are on display at View in Old Forge this month. The 26th annual Quilts Unlimited show includes more than 120 quilts in a great array of styles from traditional to contemporary from across the country. Todd Moe spoke with View Education and Artistic Programs Director Barbara Getty, who says View is also displaying quilts from Watertown award-winning quilter and designer Mary Knapp. Getty says the annual exhibit gives the building a "comfortable" feeling.

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Getty said the annual exhibit is a great visual and tactile experience. White gloves are provided to visitors so they can touch the quilts.

Pointed Pine Quilters from Old forge, who made the quilt to be raffled during the exhibit, meet every week at the library, and throughout the year make quilts for non-profit organizations. The raffle quilt has a black background with bright colors, and is on display in the front foyer on a log bed. It was featured on the front cover of The Quilt Shop Navigator, a quilters guide in the Northeast region.

Quilt shows are having resurgence mainly due to art quilts, a relatively new area says Getty. The exhibit features quilts ranging from traditional to art.

Three divisions are judged in the show--bed, wall, and art--with each receiving a first, second, third and honorable mention. There is also a Best In Show Award, won this year by a quilt from the bed division, and a new Silver Needle Award, for hand quilting, made in honor of Ceil Buckley, a Pointed Pine Quilters who will be turning 100 years old.

Getty hopes to be a quilter herself one day, and is learning and taking classes in Utica, but says she’s not there yet.

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